Senior Instructor

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ISA Senior Instructor

An ISA Senior Instructor is an experienced Instructor who has been trained to take on the task of leading a team of ISA Instructors in the safe and effective delivery of ISA accredited training courses within an ISA Training Centre. In doing so they will act as:

Leader, Manager, Technical Expert, and Instructor.

Am I Eligible to Become a Senior Instructor

The Pre-Requisites to becoming and ISA Senior Instructor for all courses are:

• You must hold a valid ISA Instructor Certificate in the relevant discipline ie: SBSS, Go! Windsurfing, Powerboat or Inland
Waterways Scheme;
• You must hold an instructor Endorsement (Racing, Adventure, K&W, New Advanced) or have completed a Pre-entry assesment within 12 months;
• You must be at least 19 years old;
• You must get a recommendation from a Club Officer or Centre Principal;
• You must get a recommendation from a Senior Instructor;
• You must hold a Valid First Aid Certificate from an approved course;
• You must have completed an ISA Safety Boat Course; and
• Your Logbook must show at least 50 days (for SBSS or Go! Windsurfing) / 26 days (for Powerboat or Inland Waterways)
working as an ISA Instructor teaching the relevant ISA courses spread over 2 seasons in 2 or more different organisations.

What Will I Learn on an ISA Senior Instructor Course?

Role of the Senior Instructor:

Be able to describe the role of the Senior Instructor within;
– ISA Training Schemes
– ISA Training Centre

Centre Recognition & administration

Be able to describe how to obtain ISA Training Centre accreditation for an organisation.
Be able to identify where to find requirements for ISA Training Centre accreditation.
Be able to identify the principal requirements for ISA Training Centre accreditation.

Knowledge of ISA Training products

Be able to outline all ISA Training courses available and what boats they are available in or appropriate to.

Risk Control & Crisis Management

Be able to conduct a risk assessment.
Be able to devise and implement Standard Operating Procedures.
Have demonstrated the ability to identify hazards & risks during the delivery of watersports sessions and provide effective controls.
Be able to develop an Emergency Action Plan for a watersports centre.
Be able to describe when and how to contact relevant emergency services if required.
Have demonstrated that they can make appropriate decisions when under pressure.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance
Be able to identify the key components to, and indicators of;
– A well run watersports activity
– An effective teaching / coaching session
Have demonstrated the ability to support and coach staff in skills used in running teaching and activity sessions.


Be able to identify the primary objectives of staff and student briefing and debriefing.
Be able to plan and deliver effective staff briefings and debriefing.
Have demonstrated that they can communicate effectively.
Be able to deliver effective feedback to instructors and other members of the water sports team.